What is ICAP?

The Iowa College AmeriCorps Program is an entity of AmeriCorps supported by Iowa Campus Compact, the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service, and the Corporation for National and Community Service. This program matches Drake student volunteers with Des Moines area high school students. These students serve as “Homework Coaches” and assist local high school students with their schoolwork. The ultimate goal of this program is to strengthen the bond between Drake University and the community and improve secondary educational success.

When do you serve?

Homework Coaches complete 300 hours of service over the course of 10 months. Upon successful completion of their service, students receive a $1,132 Education Award. Homework Coaches commit to serve Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (4 p.m. - 6 p.m.) with the high school students and an additional one to three hours a week on programmatic planning and outreach for the program.

What is the service plan for 2013-2014?

All ICAP members will be serving with the Evelyn K Davis Homework Coaching Program. The Drake-ICAP program, seeks to match Drake student volunteers (referred to as “Homework Coaches”), ranging from first-years to seniors, with Des Moines area high school students in need of study skills and habits. The program is designed to help improve secondary educational success while also creating a bond between the Des Moines community and Drake University students.


The majority of your hours (at least 240) MUST be with the Evelyn K. Davis Center Homework Coaching Program. However, up to 20% of a your hours can come in the form of training and fundraising. Additional Campus Engagement projects will also count. You will work with the ICAP Coordinator to create a service plan. The following is a list of items that will count towards the service plan:

  • Minimum 240 hours within Evelyn K. Davis (Up to 30 hours can be counted as Training)
  • Up to 30 hours can be counted as Fundraising
  • Planning Days of Service
  • Planning an ASB trip
  • Some Service-Learning Courses
  • Some one-time volunteer project
  • Some Greek Philanthropy projects

What else is required?

The ICAP team will meet once a month (currently scheduled as the first Wednesday of the month at 4:00 p.m. for training and team building. Additionally, all ICAP members are required to recruit 10 volunteers to do service sometime throughout the year, a midterm and end of service evaluation and participate in a national day of service. Review the pre-orientation power point for a full list of requirements.

How do you apply?

  • Come to the informational meeting on Sept. 15th at 4:00 p.m. Or Sept 16th at 8:00 p.m. in Meredith or schedule to meet with Renee or Abigail individually.
  • Review the Pre-Orientation Power Point
  • Work with the ICAP coordinator on developing your Service Plan
  • Submit an application by Sept. 19.
  • Interviews will begin Sept. 24-26 with a start date of Oct. 2.

For additional information please consult the Iowa Campus Compact ICAP website or contact:

Renee Sedlacek
Assistant Director, Community Engagement
Drake-ICAP Coordinator
Old Main 319C

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